Friday, 31 October 2008
Nigel Farage: exposing the EU for what it is.
A rapidly growing number of people are beginning to realise what many EU-sceptics have known for yours, the EU is not only a totally pointless organisation, it is a fruitless one too. Now Sainsbury’s supermarket has just awoken to that fact.
After years of the EU’s Quisling apologists denying the EU had rules about misshapen fruit, bent bananas and the curvature of cucumbers, now their lie has been rumbled with a desperate plea from Sainsbury’s for the EU to scrap its ludicrous rules on what are perfectly edible foods. This is yet another example of the lunacy of EU membership which bears no fruitful benefits for the people of the British Isles at all.
Read what the UKIP leader, NIGEL FARAGE, has to say about it.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Well, the Black Police Association dropped a real clanger and got two name sakes mixed up and got a dose of the truth, which they did not like, because of it. You can read all about it in WALES ON-LINE.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
According to the Taxpayers Alliance the number of EU laws imposed upon the once free people of the United Kingdom has almost tripled in just a decade.
Their informative research shows that3,010 EU “legislative instruments” were enacted into British law in 2007, which is almost three times the number set in 1998. Back then the EU imposed 1,085, which was bad enough, and since then it has been responsible an average of 942 new laws placed onto the statute book each year since.
According to a Tax Payers Alliance policy analyst, the total burden of regulation now costs the hard pressed British taxpayers £150 billion a year. He also said: “Regulations are an enormous burden to business, particularly in a time of financial hardship.”
This is just another item to add to the growing pile of evidence that there really is no benefit to the British people regarding our membership of the European Union – which is now just folly on behalf of our leaders in all three main political parties who are too blinkered to see the reality that all the benefits are out of the EU.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Sir – Christine Brookfield has my sympathy. It is not easy running a small business in a recession.
She suggests that the best way to help would be to reduce VAT, which was my sentiment exactly in the recession of the early 1990s.
I wrote to the then Chancellor and was informed that the lowest VAT rate allowed by the EU was 15 per cent.
I have been a euro-sceptic ever since.
Derek Bennett, Walsall, Staffordshire.
He is a local Hackney lad made good and has been a successful author. Because of this he was invited by the main library in Hackney to do a presentation regarding his latest book which is to be launched in a few month time. As he wrote himself in the Guardian Newspaper: "Hackney Libraries invited me to come back in February 2009 to launch a book I had been working on for more years than I care to remember: Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire. I was happy to accept, believing that a work researched, contrived and constructed in this place should have its first reading right here. A small return on my part for 40 years of madness and inspiration, painting the white lines of football pitches on Hackney Marshes or trawling for used books in Kingsland Waste Market."
However, the problem with dealing with the loony lefties on the Hackney Soviet are the same as dealing with all other tin pot tyrants anywhere in the world - they make decisions which are generally irrational or plain barmy - and Hackney Council excels in both.
Because he has written what he described as an: "off-message piece on the Olympics." in the London Review of Books, which he said: "responded to aspects of the creation of the Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley: the destruction of the Manor Garden allotments, the eviction of travellers, and the famous "legacy" revealed as nothing more than a gigantic shopping mall in Stratford." Hackney Council have withdrawn his invite for being off message about the 2012 Olympics.
As this criticism was actually nothing to do with his book or its contents, he challenged this decision to bar him, which was when the nutters of the Hackney Politburo changed their stance and accused him and his new book of being "controversial" - wow! They informed him controversy was not allowed in their libraries. The next question has to be, how long has Mystic Meg been working for Hackney Council? Considering Iain Sinclair's new book has not yet been published and that no one other than him and his publisher seen the book, how do they know its controversial?
As part of his research he decided to take a look in the library to see what local historical items they had there. Guess what, there was none - history was banned as it was deemed to be too controversial by the Hackney KGB. There's the problem with history - its contents can be extremely inconvenient when you are trying to distort all logic and common sense. Read Iain Sinclair's account in the GUARDIAN.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
One of the latest news stories on the loss of our liberties was on the plans to monitor all our telephone calls and e-mails – the Big Brother state will be watching our every move and monitoring who we have contact with – nothing will be secret from the prying eyes of the Government – and ultimately the EU which will have access to all this data.
It is has even come to the sorry state that when an ordinary person wants to buy a mobile phone, they will have to produce a passport and register on a national database to help the authorities monitor our every move – our Government are truly frightened of the people they were supposed to represent.
They claim this will help them stop the operations of criminals and terrorists, a claim that is always trotted out when extracting more of our liberties. In reality criminals and terrorist will have the means to get around this legislation and it will, as always, be the innocent who suffer. We have seen how councils are using terror laws to check if parents are entitled to send their children to schools in the correct catchment areas.
What happens if someone’s sim card is cloned and then used by others for nefarious activities? I would hate to be in that persons shoes trying to explain and struggling to sort out the legislative mess. What if, as we all do, someone miss-dials and calls Osma Bin Laden by mistake – that would surely earn a holiday in Gautama Bay – all state expenses paid!
In the years since 1997 when New Labour came to power, and with the instructions of the European Union, this country that once always prided itself for its freedom and liberty, has never before seen such a sustained attack against the liberty of the people. Gawain Towler on the England Expects blog has a warning for all those who say: “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear”. Things are now so bad with state monitoring in this country, which now watches its people more closely than even the Chinese dictators watch their people, when people say we are losing our freedoms, the reply has to be: ‘What do you mean losing it? It has already gone – if you hadn’t already noticed.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Following a successful campaign for a referendum on the TIF bid and congestion charge in Manchester, the returning officer Sir Neil McIntosh has this morning published the proposed preamble and question to go out in the ballot papers at the end of November.
Whilst supportive of the question, the Drivers’ Alliance is concerned with the wording of the preamble.
We believe the wording to be sent out with the ballot papers effectively endorses the TIF bid.
Included with the question is the following:
"Please read the leaflet enclosed with this ballot paper which provides details of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund proposals.
These involve both major investment in public transport improvements in Greater Manchester and a weekday, peak time only, congestion charging scheme. Congestion charging would only be introduced after 80% of the public transport improvements are in place and not before the summer of 2013."
Peter Roberts, Director of the Drivers’ Alliance said:
“By using the words major investment and public transport improvements in Greater Manchester, the ballot paper is placing a positive spin on the TIF bid proposals.
When referring to the congestion charge with the wording Congestion charging would only be introduced after 80% of the public transport improvements are in place and not before the summer of 2013, the preamble on the ballot paper is a statement designed to reduce anxiety about the charge and make it as palatable as possible.
If we are to have a fair and democratic referendum on this issue, we need fair and unambiguous information to help voters make their decision.
By providing information from the YES campaign and adding a positive spin to the TIF proposals in the preamble before the ballot question, there is a risk the ballot is not democratic or fair.
There is a case against the proposals in the TIF bid and many reasons why it is a bad scheme. These objections must form part of the information campaign surrounding the bid and if the ballot is to be informed and truly democratic, must be aired equally and without prejudice.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
What a good place for the UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, and a group of dedicated UKIP activists meet than on HMS Belfast which did so much in World War Two to save the United Kingdom - and the rest of Europe, from tyranny and an early, quite brutal, form of European Union.
Nigel Farage was, as we always expect, his usual eloquent self. What a public speaker that man is. He explained why we need UKIP in this country and how important it is for the nation that UKIP does well in the European elections on the 4th June, 2009. He had a go at David Cameron's pro-EU stance and reminded those there that it was the UKIP money from the ID group in the European Parliament which went to the 'No' campaigns in France and Ireland that helped to defeat first the EU Constitution, then the Lisbon Treaty. Tory money went to the yes campaigns. The event had been organised by UK Independence Party NEC member Jill Seymour, and what a successful event it was too. The idea of the event was to get influential people along and to donate to the party coffers to help its campaign in the European elections.
If you would like to donate to UKIP too to help its election campaign next year, then you can go to the DONATIONS page on the UKIP web-site.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Taken from the Scotsman, 16th October, 2008, it stated: "A CONTROVERSIAL former Tory candidate has launched a stinging attack on his former colleagues and signed up for the UK Independence Party.
Mike Scott-Hayward, who stood against Alistair Darling in Edinburgh Central at the 1997 election, accused the Conservatives of going soft on their opposition to the separation of Scotland and England by deciding to back the SNP Government's budget." Why is he "Controversial"? It would seem that anyone who sees sense on the EU these days is classed as "Controversial". Well, from one UKIP activists to our latest Scottish recruit, welcome to the land of common sense.
To see the full article go to the SCOTSMAN.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP has poured scorn on a call for a possible rethink of the European Arrest Warrant by LibDem MEP Graham Watson, who oversaw its progress through the European Parliament.
"He fails to point out that there is no mechanism for the European Parliament to initiate the process of any potential revision," said Mr Farage. "We have to wait for the European Commission to deign to propose any changes."
Mr Watson's suggestion followed the publicity surrounding the case of Holocaust denier Frederick Toben, an Australian citizen arrested in Britain on a German warrant (see the article by UKIP MEP Gerard Batten).
But Mr Farage pointed out that Mr Watson had been warned by UKIP seven years ago that such a case was bound to arise.
"My UKIP colleague, Jeffrey Titford, and I were the only two British MEPs to vote against it – yes, Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg voted for it. And we did so precisely on the grounds that the removal of dual criminality would make it inevitable that someone would be extradited for something which is not a crime in Britain.
"We even used the example of xenophobia, so it is galling to see it claimed by Mr Watson that 'our committee would never have imagined...' when not only was it imagined but they were actually told that it would happen."
In a speech two years ago, Mr Watson said that "at the time we took the measure through we believed that the European Arrest Warrant offered practical solutions to the issues of greatest concern to Europe's citizens: their safety and security
"Experience has shown that the warrant is Europe's chief asset in the fight against cross-border crime, allowing our judicial authorities to reduce the extradition process to an average of 13 days in over half of all cases. That is 13 days compared to the months of waiting that went before. It has been well used by Member States and has generally worked well."
Now that at least one major flaw has become obvious, said Mr Farage, "we're stuck with the law that Graham Watson drafted and shepherded through – as indeed we did tell him we would be."
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
In a call at around 2.40 pm an ITV person, obviously reading from a prepared statement, told me that the programme had initially been set to coincide with the EU ministers meeting to thrash out how to foist the Lisbon treaty upon us, which had been canceled due to the the global banking crisis. As the meeting on the Lisbon Treaty was not taking place, and for this reason, ITV decided to pull the plug and took the programme off.
I have been assured that as and when the issue of the Lisbon Treaty raises its ugly undemocratic head again, then the programme will get an airing. As to this programme being shown on Monday the 20th October, as reported in the posting below and put out by a number of people, including the Democracy Movement who took a major part in the making of this programme, that, sadly will not be the case.
Word has it, although this is just word of mouth stuff allegedly from someone involved in this programme, when the vote on EU membership was taken, 53% voted to leave the EU and only 37% voted to remain entrapped by it. If this is really true then is it no wonder the programme very conveniently vanished, probably never to be seen again.
So, despite the promise of a later showing, what's the betting this programme will be quietly shelved and forgotten about? Don't sit in front of the TV for too long hoping it may miraculously appear one fine day - you may develop square eyes!
Here is the full text as e-mailed to another anti-EU campaigner, Derek Norman who kindly sent it on to me:
Further to our telephone conversation this is the response from the Tonight Production Office:
Thank you for your concern with regards to our late change of billing.
Our EU referendum programme was planned to coincide with a planned meeting of EU ministers scheduled to discuss the way forward after the Irish no vote to the Lisbon Treaty.
We had anticipated that this would put the European issue back on top of the political agenda.
When it became apparent that the continuing ramifications of the banking crisis would completely overshadow any debate on the future of Europe we decided to move the programme to a time when it will have more impact.
Unfortunately a communication breakdown meant this change was not relayed to the newspaper listings, or indeed ITV’s continuity announcers. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Please rest assured that we will find another suitable slot for the EU referendum programme within the near future.
ITV Viewer Services - jh
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We were all looking forward to seeing a good bit of EU bashing and enjoy the increasingly desperate thrashing about of the pro-EU lobby hopelessly trying to defend the indefensible. However, before we had even taken the first sip from our drinks, the programme vanished before it even began. There was a programme announcement which seemed to get cut short, and wallop, the next thing you know there was a useless programme about women and the insurance industry. To put it in the mildest terms - WHAT THE BLOODY HELL HAPPENED?
It's no wonder people all over the country think there has been something very suspect about this, it's quite obvious this ITV sponsored unofficial referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which is the EU constitution rehashed, was going to show just how unpopular the EU and its appalling treaty is - so why did they not show it?
If you want to ring up ITV in London and ask the question, here's the number to ring: 0208 528 2000. Please turn their lines red hot!
There is a short item about the programme being re-scheduled on the Democracy Movement web-site, too.
For me simplicity is the key, simple things for simple little minds like mine. So, for a simple, straight forward answer to the banking crisis, the you could find no better than THIS ITEM on the EU Referendum blog.